We got off to a strong start to the Stanley Cup playoffs last night as the Penguins beat the Rangers 5-2 to go Over the total of 5.
Things didn’t look too good for the Over when Pittsburgh led 1-0 late in the second, but Crosby put the Pens up 2-0 before the end of the period. The game opened up in the third as the teams combined for 5 goals.
We had expected to see Fleury in net for the Penguins and actually weren’t happy to see Zatkoff in net instead, since we thought Pittsburgh might play more conservatively in front of their third-string goalie. Fortunately, it didn’t matter.
Home teams went 3-0 last night, though two of the games were 1-goal decisions. We don’t see home teams going unbeaten tonight, however. At least we hope not, as we’ve got 2 road dogs tonight.
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This is just too good of a price for us to pass up on an Islanders team that actually has more playoff experience as a group than the Panthers.
Florida is making its first post-season appearance in 4 years and the Panthers’ young players could be tight opening at home. The Islanders took the Capitals to 7 games in the first round last year and should be more battle-hardened.
There’s concern about New York’s goaltending situation, with Halak still out, but we saw last night in Pittsburgh that teams can respond well to not having their No.1 goalie in net.
We’re not saying the Islanders definitely win this game, but at +130 return there’s enough reasons to take our chances.
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Opening on the road should suit the Sharks just fine, since San Jose led the league in road wins this year with 28. That includes winning both of their visits to LA.
There’s a natural expectation for the Kings to crank things up now that it’s playoff time because, well, they’re the Kings. Yet, LA is a team that went 4-6 down the stretch, while the Sharks were 5-2 in their last 7 to end the season. We see this game as more of a coin flip, so +125 odds are worth the gamble here.
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